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EFFE Recipients

EFFE Grant for Publication

Norm Barker and Howard Radzyner were awarded a $1500 EFFE grant for material for publication of an article in JBC on Roman Vishniac: The Curious Microscopist.

EFFE Scholarship Awarded

Allicia Cowley was awarded an EFFE scholarship for her MSc Medical Art programme at the University of Dundee. An MSc in Medical Art helps to develop specialist practice within the contemporary medical art field.

Each year, the BCA offers two $500 EFFE scholarships for full-time undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in medical or life science photography, medical illustration or media design. Scholarships are open to second, third or fourth year students enrolled in an accredited college or technical school program of scientific or biomedical visual communications. Applicants may also be working in the field and preparing to return to school for graduate study. Learn more about BCA's EFFE Scholarship program.

John Yeats and Paul Crompton Awarded BIOCOMM Grants

BIOCOMM grant recipient John Yeats presented at BIOCOMM in Portland on Professional Clinical Photography to Assist Patients with Pectus Carinatum. John had been a BCA member for three years and it was his first time to attend a BIOCOMM meeting.

One of John’s aims in this presentation was to make medical photographers feel good about their careers. There are many ways to achieve satisfaction in a job but one is to believe that your work is making a positive difference in another’s life. In the field of medical photography there is emphasis in the recording of pre and post treatment images for the purpose of documentation. However, in some situations photography can be an integral part of a patient’s medical management. The photography of patients with Pectus Carinatum, is one such example.

Paul Crompton FBCA, was awarded a BIOCOMM grant to present In Their Features and Countenance – The Study of Medicine, at BIOCOMM in Savannah.

Paul is in the process of writing a book on the history of medical photography. He found the task was quite extensive and made the decision to write the history of medical photography up to the 1900s. As early as 1802 physicians used photography as a means to document and study medicine.

Yeats and Crompton each received $2000 BIOCOMM grants. Learn more about BCA's BIOCOMM grant.

EFFE Grant Funds IR Photography

Gale Spring, FBPA, was awarded a $1500 EFFE grant to continue his extensive work with camera conversions, lenses and filters for infrared photography. At BIOCOMM in Portland, Gale Spring, FBPA, RMIT University and Kathryn Denny, Queensland Police, discussed their experience and research into applications of infrared and ultraviolet imaging in forensic applications in their presentation, Infrared Photography – Considering the Best Approach for Desired Results.

Digital imaging has greatly increased the interest in infrared (IR) photography. Since all digital sensors are sensitive to IR, this places the technique in the hands of amateurs and professionals alike. They are no longer tied to special films and processes. Infrared imaging is a good artistic and creative tool as well as a scientific technique.

Many countries use infrared inks as anti-counterfeiting measures. The Hong Kong dollar is one of more striking examples of the use of inks transparent to infrared illumination. Left is visible light; right is under infrared.

Each year, the BioCommunications Association (BCA) offers EFFE grants of up to $1500 for projects that promote study and research in the field of biological communications. These grants are open to student or professional biocommunication photographers, graphic designers and media specialists. Learn more about the BCA's EFFE grants.

About EFFE

The objectives of Endowment Fund for Education (EFFE) are to promote and assist study and research in the field of biological communication by the application of scholarship and grants for such purposes, and to promote the Association as a key source of opportunities for the study and research of visual communication media in the life sciences. Learn more by visiting the EFFE web page.

EFFE Application Deadlines

EFFE Grant application deadline is February 1.

Please download the EFFE Grant Application and Guidelines PDF which is enabled for electronic completion.

EFFE Scholarship application deadline is February 1.

Please download the EFFE Scholarship Application PDF which is enabled for electronic completion.

Contact the EFFE Committee or Director of Member Services for more information.

EFFE Objectives

EFFE promotes and assists study and research in the field of biological communication by providing financial support to the projects approved by the EFFE governing committee.

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